Author: Robert Jordan

A Memory of Light (Wheel of Time Series #14) by Robert Jordan & Brandon Sanderson

Posted on 07/03/2013 in Book Review / 4 Comments

A Memory of Light (Wheel of Time Series #14) by Robert Jordan & Brandon SandersonA Memory of Light by Brandon Sanderson, Robert Jordan
Published by Tor Books on 1/8/2013
Genres: Adult, Fantasy
Pages: 909
Format: Hardcover
Source: Borrowed
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Since 1990, when Robert Jordan’s The Wheel of Time® burst on the world with its first book, The Eye of the World, readers have been anticipating the final scenes of this extraordinary saga, which has sold over forty million copies in over thirty languages.

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When Robert Jordan died in 2007, all feared that these concluding scenes would never be written. But working from notes and partials left by Jordan, established fantasy writer Brandon Sanderson stepped in to complete the masterwork. With The Gathering Storm (Book 12) andTowers of Midnight (Book 13) behind him, both of which were # 1 New York Times hardcover bestsellers, Sanderson now re-creates the vision that Robert Jordan left behind.

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Edited by Jordan’s widow, who edited all of Jordan’s books, A Memory of Light will delight, enthrall, and deeply satisfy all of Jordan’s legions of readers.

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The Wheel of Time turns, and Ages come and pass.\r\nWhat was, what will be, and what is,\r\nmay yet fall under the Shadow.\r\nLet the Dragon ride again on the winds of time

Dear ‘Huffers,

I’m sorry for what I’m about to write.  I’m feeling a little unhappy about this book right now.  So I’m going to do this short and sweet for those of you that don’t want to read my  bitching  my ranting my OMGWTFBBQ  my passionate review.  This is a great book, great writing, loved it.  It took me a whole two days to plow through all 900 pages.  I could not put it down.  For someone that typically carries a nook with her this says a lot.  I jammed that puppy into my purse and then realized I had forgotten how heavy hardbacks are!

So if you are new to the Wheel of Time series, I would recommend reading it in its entirety.  It’s the Game of Thrones before there was even a Game of Thrones to love.  If you are in the middle, then you won’t be too disappointed (more on that later) when you get to the end.  If you are like me and had totally forgotten that the last book was out, then go get it!

There you have it short and sweet.  Now for those of you still with me on to the passionate review!

So my wonderful Mom hands me a copy of this book, which if you have read this series you know that this final book has been 23 years in the making, and goes…

“You’ll hate the ending.”

WTF Mom, really you are going to go and tell me that.

Serious I actually gave my dear Mother a total WTF look.  I may have even asked her what I had done to deserve her ruining the book for me.

Okay so telling me that didn’t actually ruin the book, but still…

In the 6 months since this came out I have managed to avoid any and all spoilers and plot leaks so as not to ruin it.  Then Mom goes and does this.  Then to make matters worse I had to admit she was right.

Damnit, nobody likes to admit when their parent is right.  That goes against the laws of nature.

If you have not read the book yet, then please do not read the last two pages! Seriously, I was so annoyed I actually threw my book down in disgust.  23 years leading up to this and that is how they are going to end it!!! Argh… WTF Sanderson.  Did Jordan’s notes really say that was how the book was going to end or did you take some crazy liberties with them?  23 years people, 23 years of waiting and.. just… just.. ARGH!!!

So I will admit that I have waited to damn long for this book.  I started this series back in *cough* middle school.

Crap I’m old… actually Jenn is to so maybe I don’t feel so bad.

Anywho.  I have waiting a long time for this to come out and the Final Battle to commence.  With the death of Jordan and Sanderson taking over the series there was talk about how this would never end.  Sanderson split what should have been two books into three in order to fit everything that Jordan wanted it.  So it seemed like an extra long wait for this series to come down to this final battle.

Side note:  This is one of those series that you need a flow chart to understand.  There are so many characters with so many intertwining back stories that you practically need to read the last few books entire series again before you read the last one.  However there are a ton of online guides that will help you when halfway through the book you realize that you keep mixing up one of the Forsaken (Demandred) with one of the Commanders when they refer to him by his last name (Damodred.)  Damnit they should be required to only call him Galad!

Side, side note: This one is particularly helpful: http://wot.wikia.com/wiki/A_beginning.   Its super handy as they have multiple ways to search for a character.

So all of the side stories are now converging and you flop back and forth between them all leading up to the main fight for humanity.   It really is like taking 4-6 normal books and converging them down into one final push for an ending.  You finally get to see everyone live up to their full potential and then some.   While somethings went as expected, others were true surprises.  I may have gasped outloud and then started bawling at parts.  Seriously Sanderson must have taken a page from GRR Martin, no one is safe in this final battle.  I mean some of the characters were totally expendable but others, wow, crushing blows Sanderson, crushing blows.

Side, side.. what the hell how many side notes does one need…  I was sad that Faile didn’t play a bigger role in this book.  While she does have a major part in one scene it was almost like she was there as an after thought.  Dang, she and Perrin are my fav couple in this series.  I felt it needed more of their story not just Perrin’s alone. 🙁

It has been a wild ride through this series.  Love, tradgey, Aes Sedai, Forsaken, shadowspawn, the Light.  Man so many good times.  I’m glad that someone was able to step up and finish what is Jordan’s legacy in a way that I feel he would be proud , well other than those blasted last few pages.  Really what was he thinking!

 

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